With the NBA Draft just over a week away, prospects are going through their final workouts to try and impress teams and inflate their draft stock.
But one lottery prospect is enduring the opposite effect. Ohio St. power forward Jared Sullinger has been red flagged by doctors who were concerned with his back.
“He had a bulging area that was due to his hamstring and quads being so tight,” Sullinger’s father Satch told ESPN’s Andy Katz. “It pulled on his hip flexor and he’s been taking care of it to loosen it. You can call it a red flag if you want. But it’s tight hamstring and tight quads. He’s been to doctors, he’s doing yoga and deep tissue massage. The flexibility is helping take the pressure off the area.”
But despite Sullinger’s father not being concerned with the issue of the big man’s back, the fact that he’s been red flagged may severely effect his draft stock.
NBA doctors have looked at Sullinger’s back and have determined that the issues could significantly shorten his NBA careers. In 2009 draft prospect DeJuan Blair was slated as a late lottery pick but a medical red flag on him dropped him out of the first round entirely.
This isn’t a death nail in Sullinger’s career but it’s not off to the best start and the worst part is it hasn’t even begun yet.